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1:72 Red Arrows Gnat Starter Set
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Posted: Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 10:33 PM UTC

Ben Micklem takes a critcal look at Airfix's 1970s Gnat kit re-boxed as a Starter Set.

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Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 12:32 PM UTC
I agree with Ben, these re-pops as intro kits are cruel tricks on unsuspecting novices. I built the F4U-1 in their Smithsonian collection a few years back. It was terrible. 2 pots of paint blue & white and the white was too thick to use by time I opened it. Decals were white on white, I cut one appart trying to cut it off of the sheet.
New South Wales, Australia
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Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010 - 06:53 PM UTC
Ahh, memories...

I built this kit as a kud, way back in the early-mid 70's. At the time it was moulded in bright red and IIRC, the decals included serials for every aircraft in the team.

Just a note about the pilot figure, it's not that his feet haven't survived 40 years of production, they were deliberately amputated. This particular pattern pilot figure often appeared in 3 variations, full length, amputated at the feet or amputated at the knees, depending on how much space was available in the cockpit. Ah, the perils of an Airfix pilot figure..